Every Man in His Humour

by

Ben Jonson

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Every Man in His Humour: Act 4, Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
At the Windmill tavern, Edward and Wellbred instruct Brainworm, still disguised, to take a message to Downright. They talk about Bridget Kitely, whom Edward admits he has affections for. Wellbred promises Edward that he (Edward) will have her.
The message for Downright isn’t revealed here, but the audience later learns that it is part of an overall distraction tactic employed by Wellbred to help Edward marry Bridget. The lack of any real discernable interaction between Bridget and Edward gestures towards the somewhat forced ending in Act 5.
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